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4 Ways to Improve Your Boxing Starting Today

Sometimes you get in a rut at the gym. You work your way through the same tired-ass routine and come out feeling like you’re not making any major moves forward in your game. Sometimes it just takes a simple suggestion or a new idea to get you moving again. Check out the four tactics below for a refreshing change from the same ol’, same ol’. (Skip straight to number four if you love pain.)

1. Four Punch Combos

My sparring partner (and pro fighter) Yvonne gets credit for this one. Most new boxers throw one punch at a time. Even experienced boxers can easily default to single- and double-punch patterns. It’s so common, it’s a clichรฉ: Give it the old “one-two.” The jab-and-a-right (if you’re an orthodox fighter) is as common and predictible as shave-and-a-haircut (two bits).

To be sure, you can win a fight with ones and twos. But what if you trained yourself to throw three or four punches at a time, rather than one or two? Not only would you significantly increase your potential score, you also throw your opponent off her game, and interrupt the two-punch tradeoff rhythm. Now you’re in control, racking up the score, and forcing your opponent to move and defend.

Train in four-punch combos. Do it for an entire round. Hell, do it for FOUR rounds. (Can you tell I’m getting off on this whole “four” thing?)

Don’t make all your shots right-left-right-left; that can be the fastest way to get your shots off, but it can also get predictable in the ring. Mix it up, badass. Toss in a slip, or throw two in a row from the same side now and then.

I like the guy in the video below, although some of his “crosses” look like straight rights to me… Still, he’s got some shit, right? I would be motivated to stay outta his way.

2. Four Punch Combo Slip Drills

It’s easy to work four punch combos into a drill. Ditch your gloves so that you both remember to work for speed rather than strength. Now shadow box with a partner and trade off four-shot combos. She throws four (and moves her feet), then you throw four. Don’t work for touches, work to ingrain the habit of throwing four in a row. Then practice it in sparring later.

3. Video Yourself

I hate this one; there’s nothing worse than seeing yourself suck on the replay. But, it also helps you improve. If you’re neurotic like me, try not to pick everything apart. Just get your four shots while moving down.

Btw,ย Coach’s Eye is a great app for capturing boxing video, because it lets you slow down the motion and markup the replay.

4. Four Punch Tabita-Style Sprints

Wanna kick your own motherfuckin’ ass? Dude, dial summa this up. When my coach is feeling pissy, he has us do these for an entire round. You know, like at the end of a workout. Uh-huh.

Photo Credit: kate.gardiner via Compfight cc

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7 Responses to 4 Ways to Improve Your Boxing Starting Today

  1. Courtney July 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    I started shadow boxing years ago for dual purposes. It’s incredible exercise and a great stress reliever. Great tips you have here. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Igor V. July 30, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Awesome post, awesome ideas. I’ve been feeling cranky and a bit depressed (thus, fatty) lately. I believe I have some very useful tips back here in my attic, but I’ll need some days (or weeks) to heal. Also, I saw some post about giving belts without making students fight, something like that… What was that anyway? I have some insights on that based on my background as well… Grouchy but I’m here! Thanks for the posts! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe July 31, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

      You get to be grouchy as much as you need to, Igor. It comes and goes for lots of us, but hopefully it won’t ever decide to camp permanently on our couch like an unwelcome uncle. Hang in there, friend.

      Re: belts without fighting — I think that’s standard practice in some of the martial arts studios that focus on forms rather than sparring. If you find the link to the article you were thinking of, pass it on to me here or on FB.

      Meanwhile, I’m always glad to see you buzz by here. Peace, dude.

  3. Sam February 18, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    I really love your blog posts here. I am learing a lot and now am starting to take the plunge as they say. I contacted a gym, and the prices per month seem reasonable. Which is something that has kept me from getting into it. But now that I have seen more and more people getting into it at my age (I’m 40) it’s something that I know will help me with some problems and demons that I’m facing. Thanks Lisa

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe February 18, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

      Yo, Sam, welcome to the crazy house. So glad you’re here, because we’re all tired of talking to the voices in our heads. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know if there are specific things you’d like to hear more about and I’ll do my best to write something up for you. Meanwhile, good for you for getting sumthin’ started!

      • Sam February 18, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

        Well so far no. I do follow you on Facebook, both here and you personally. But thanks for welcoming me into the crazy house as you put it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to get going. I know that I will be sore as hell, but I’m ready for it!

  4. ice February 27, 2014 at 5:26 am #

    Thank you for sharing.

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